The dividing wall has come down and our hostility has been slain. This is gospel hope. It means the dividing wall between God and us (sin) has been destroyed. It means his hostility towards us (wrath) has slain our hostility towards him (rebellion) through the cross of Christ. This is gospel hope.
Paul also says that there is no more ‘circumcised’ and ‘uncircumcised’. The cross of Christ has created a new humanity. Two have become one. They have been joined together to build a temple where God can be encountered. Peace can now exists were once there was division and hostility. This is gospel hope.
While this is good news, it is also disheartening. Because when we look at this “temple”, the church, we do not see unity but division. Denominationalism, racism, sexism, nationalism, classism, tribalism….they all still exist in the church. And it seems we’ve just accepted that’s the way it is.
Shame on us.
How is it that God can have the power to reconcile us, broken and unrighteous as we are, to an all holy God and yet we. by our nominal efforts at peace in the Body of Christ, claim this same power is insufficient to reconcile us to one another?